How to Organize Your Loose Favorite Recipes in a Binder

How to Organize Your Loose Favorite Recipes in a Binder
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Do you have a collection of loose hand-written or printed favorite recipes that need to be organized?  Below is a simple method for how to organize those favorite recipes in a three ring binder.  It saves time from searching and paper from re-printing favorite online recipes when you can’t find them.  

How to Organize Your Loose Favorite Recipes in a Binder

How to Organize Your Favorite Loose Recipes in a Binder


You will need:

  • One three ring binder
  • Sheet protectors
  • Dividers (Print the set pictured below from the Resource Library)
  • Recipes

First, find all of the loose recipes that you want to organize.  

They may be folded in other recipe books, in file folders, or in kitchen drawers. Just put them all in one place.  Here’s my assortment of loose recipes from family, magazines, online sources ( is my favorite) you name it!    

How to Organize Recipes in a Binder- Find recipes

Next, sort according to the recipe category- one for appetizers, another for main dishes, side dishes, desserts and so forth .  As you are sorting, toss out duplicate recipes and recipes you’re never going to make (chocolate chip pumpkin bread sounded delicious but not quite my skill set so that one and several others were recycled)!  If you have a printer at home, make a copy of your most used and loved recipes that have become torn and tattered.  How to Organize Recipes in a Binder- Sort RecipesSet up the notebook binder by adding the sheet protectors and dividers.  The sheet protectors are great for pulling out a recipe when you need it and simply wiping it off if you have a spill.   Put your recipes down in the sheet protectors and then add to the category that fits. How to Organize Recipes in a Binder- Set up

If you do not already have a link to my Resource Library, feel free to grab it here and download the set of recipe binder printables shown above, including a cover page as well as a measurement & conversion chart.  


You may want to add a category to make the binder work best for the type of recipes that you have.  For example, you might have a “favorite holiday recipes” where you keep recipes that you make each year or a “favorite crock pot” section- see my Taco Soup post if you don’t already have this one in your collection!  


That’s it!  You created one place to find all of your loose favorite recipes!  These also make great DIY wedding gifts as well as a gift for a new mom with a theme like “quick recipes for dinner.”  

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7 thoughts on “How to Organize Your Loose Favorite Recipes in a Binder”

  1. I have a binder of all my favorites too. It’s SOOO handy. I even print off our go to Pinterest favorites so I don’t have to deal with finding them every time.

  2. Hey Miranda, I did this a couple of years ago, and it is my go-to binder that sits on my counter. A tablet is good for Pinterest recipes, but who wants to get food all over their electronics?! Also helps to Keep all of those scraps of paper in one location. Great idea.

  3. I love how simply and easy to do this idea is. Great thought on making a copy of that old favorite recipe and sorting out recipes you never used while doing it! I know I have a few recipes I never got around too;)

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